Arnold squared for Brumbies

Super Rugby
by Sam Phillips

Richie Arnold will join his twin brother in Canberra, signing a deal with the Brumbies that will keep him in the capital until the end of 2019.

The addition of Arnold will give the Brumbies arguably the best lock depth in the country - perhaps only rivalled by the Reds - with both Arnold boys, Sam Carter and Blake Enever all fighting for two spots come round one next year.

Richie is just like his brother Rory in that he uses every bit of his 208cm frame to make his impact known on field.

He led the Perth Spirit's go forward in this year's NRC and his height makes him a natural primary lineout option, too.Arnold has signed a two year deal with the Brumbies. Photo: Getty ImagesThat was on display for all to see in the eight caps he earned for the Force this year and Brumbies coach Dan McKellar was excited to add a second Arnold brother to his squad.

"We are very happy to have secured the signature of Richie for the Super Rugby season," McKellar said.

“He has developed nicely over the last couple of years in the Force program. His physicality and set-piece work are the main strengths of his game and he offers us extra depth in that lock position.

“Richie enjoyed a standout National Rugby Championship with the Perth Spirit and will be a great addition to the squad.”

Arnold was ecstatic to be joining his brother in the nation's capital.Arnold notched eight caps for the Force this year. Photo: Getty Images"It’s very exciting to be joining the Brumbies and linking up with Rory at such a fantastic club." Arnold said.

"Obviously I have heard great things about the club from my brother and about the cultures, values and traditions of the Brumbies and I am looking forward to playing my part in the forthcoming Super Rugby campaign.

"The NRC was a good tournament for me and I thoroughly enjoyed the competition with the Perth Spirit and my time spent in Super Rugby with the Force.

"I am now looking ahead to a new start in Canberra and am raring to get started."